Frantz Ward provides ongoing representation of employers in handling workers' compensation claims, including negotiating settlements and hearings before the Industrial Commission. We appear before courts in appeals and special proceedings, and defend against intentional tort claims, violation of specific safety requirement penalties (VSSR) and retaliation claims.
Frantz Ward has obtained dismissals, directed verdicts, summary judgment and defense verdicts in jury trials, in addition to successfully representing employers with respect to significant workplace injuries, including death claims, mesothelioma and asbestos matters, exposure claims and claims for Permanent and Total Disability.
Workers' compensation costs often go unnoticed by businesses, but dollars saved by avoiding payment on false or fraudulent claims or by settling valid claims for fair value can make a significant difference between eligibility for a group rate with significant premium reduction, and a penalty rate. For self-insured employers, claim cost savings go directly to the bottom line. Our experience in defending workers' compensation claims yields cost-effective representation that helps our clients meet these goals.